The drummer on my church gig is horrible

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by jeffbrewer, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. jeffbrewer


    Jul 6, 2009
    That's all. Carry on
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  2. Stinsok


    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Is the noise "joyful" at all?
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  3. jeffbrewer


    Jul 6, 2009

    NO!!!! It's straight misery. I wish he'd spontaneously combust.
  4. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Are you paid, or volunteers? A paid church musician can be fired, but managing volunteers is a whole other kettle of fish. I spent one summer as a replacement for our church's band (unpaid volunteers) and that was enough for me.
  5. jeffbrewer


    Jul 6, 2009
    I'm paid. I'm pretty sure he's a volunteer.
  6. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    just keep humming pa-rum-pa-pum-pum, maybe he will catch on
  7. Send us the vid, and I'll send for the 'corn ;)
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  8. As long as you're channeling the energy or whatever it doesn't really matter what the music sounds like.
  9. groundhog


    Jan 23, 2014
    The guitar players at our church are awful, especially the guy who has a ton of pedals.
  10. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I've played in a service with a newer drummer who is getting better, but at times has been off beat--which is tricky for a bass player--but he is getting better--although most recently his bass drum was on time, but the ride cymbal was in a different time--threw me off a bit, but I followed his bass drum and tried to tune out the ride cymbal.
  11. Low town

    Low town

    Apr 20, 2014
    The drummer in my band sucks - I am the new guy and I am trying to think of a way to get rid of him.

    It is actually not that he is a bad player that annoys me per se - the issue is that he seems to be a long time player and he sucks and I doubt he touches his kit between sessions.

    If he were new, showed potential and practiced a lot, then I probably wouldn't mind.
  12. JZQuantum


    Oct 12, 2008
    Why not just tell him? Nicely give him some constructive feedback, along with something that is positive about his playing. Something like "Hey man, you are doing a decent job, especially like the tone of your snare. But I'm having a hard time staying locked in with you because your kick timing is off a lot of the time. Can you work on that?" Don't worry about being too harsh.

    If someone doesn't tell him, he will continue to torment the ears of you and your other band members.
  13. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2011
    Newport, TN.
    Take it as an opportunity to help a brother grow in the Lord. Maybe you can help him learn to lock in with you better and before long you guys will be tight as can be!!
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  14. big_teee


    Sep 16, 2014
    Mid-South USA
    You Church band Guys are Tough! :bassist: lol
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  15. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    Suggest that the band play to a click.

    That shouldn't be to tough logistically if you are all already wearing in-ear monitors.
  16. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    You could help him.

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  17. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    yeah...not much in life sucks more than playing with a crapola drummer.
  18. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    A "crapola drummer" & a "left-hand-heavy keyboardist" definitely sucks worse!
  19. Jason Tubbs

    Jason Tubbs

    Nov 5, 2014
    Submitted without comment:

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  20. Pray for him to get better?